mary mackillop

mary mackillop

Mary MacKillop: Australia’s First Saint

Mary MacKillop, born in Melbourne in 1842, was a pioneering educator and advocate for the poor and marginalized.

Education for All

Mary MacKillop co-founded the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart in 1866 to provide education for the poor and rural communities of Australia.

Champion of Social Justice

Mary MacKillop fought against discrimination and injustice, working tirelessly to improve the lives of indigenous Australians and women.


Mary MacKillop was canonized as Australia’s first saint in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI, recognizing her dedication to serving others and living a life of holiness.


Mary MacKillop’s legacy lives on in the hundreds of schools, hospitals, and social services established by the Sisters of St Joseph throughout Australia and beyond.


Mary MacKillop’s life and work continue to inspire people around the world to strive for social justice and compassion towards all.